Posts Tagged ‘camera’


November 1, 2016 2 comments
Galileo was lying down a second ago

Galileo was lying down a second ago

This is an unusual photo in that Galileo and Florence are on the sofa together.

Normally it’s either one or the other, with the privileged position being vigorously defended.

Galileo was lying next to Florence until he saw me get my camera.

Excitement all round

February 16, 2016 Leave a comment
Galileo next to my 'cat' coat not-taking-no-for-an-answer

A muddy Galileo next to my ‘cat’ coat not-taking-no-for-an-answer

Behind me as I write is a forest of handlebars and wheels.

A wheelchair and a walker were delivered this morning by a very personable man who likes dogs.

Just as well because Taylor never takes ‘no’ for an answer.

For the first time ever Galileo stayed in evidence rather than hiding. He had little choice because Clive had hold of him, but after a while he stayed on the sofa of his own accord.

Galileo’s greatest desire is for me to go outside and make him feel safe to run around.

He’d already had a wonderful time earlier (while I was pruning) careering at breakneck speed up and down the slopes of the orchard and olive grove and taunting the neighbour’s dogs which are shut in behind a fence.

But when I changed the lens on my camera to take some shots of the newly-arrived equipment, he thought this was a sure sign of another grand jaunt in the garden.

In the end I couldn’t refuse him and took him outside for a short while. I mean who could refuse a dog that looks at you like that?


Apple blossom in miniature

February 3, 2016 Leave a comment
White montbresia inflorescence

White montbretia inflorescence

When the white montbretia at the front of the house looked like it was taking over the flowerbed, I was dismayed.

I thought it was boring, colourless and much less attractive than the grape hyacinths it was displacing.

Anyway last summer’s drought pinned it back, but a couple of days ago I noticed it was just creeping into flower.

I had a close-up lens on my camera at the time so I photographed it – and it’s so pretty! Like tiny sprigs of fruit blossom complete with pink-and-yellow stamens.

It’s a reminder of what there is to look forward to in a month or so’s time.

Mobile gum

February 1, 2016 Leave a comment
Black beetle with red spots

Black beetle with red spots

This tiny ladybird-like beetle must have woken in the sun today.

It truly was a glorious day – warm, soft breeze, birds singing. The year is on the up!

I was pruning a cherry tree when I spotted what I thought was a bead of gum – except that it moved.

I fetched my camera with close-up lens and chased the surprisingly nifty beetle round and round the twig and the spurs, always missing my shot.

When I downloaded the photos, I didn’t notice it at first. But then there it was – unexpected – the best portrait of the lot!

Black redstart

November 14, 2015 Leave a comment
A very handsome creature

A very handsome creature

I’m pretty sure it’s a black redstart and not a common redstart that’s been flirting and flicking about all over the courtyard for days.

Except it ought to be a robin, sitting on a postbox like that.

Out of a whole string of camera shots from the window, this was the only one vaguely in focus.

PS  I’ve now replaced the photo with a better one. The bird obligingly presented itself in profile and stayed still a microsecond longer!